Today i am chatting with Nontando Molefe, the founder and creative brain behind Phatsima Jewellery Designs, to learn more about what it takes to create awe inspiring jewellery. Besides being super excited about this interview i am thrilled that Phatsima will be sharing a 10% off Voucher with our readers.
Your Wedding Expert: Tell us a little bit more about Phatsima Jewellery Designs
1 YWE: When was it established?
NM: The vision of Phatsima has been alive for many years but the company started trading in 2009.
2 YWE: Do you have a formal training in Jewellery designs and creation, if so tell us more about it?
NM: Yes I do. I have a National Diploma in Jewellery design and manufacturing from the University of Johannesburg. I am currently doing a Post Graduate course of Advanced Jewellery Designing through the Jewellery Council and Damlin.
1 YWE: What influences your designs and from where do you draw your inspiration?
NM: I draw inspiration from everything around me which catches my attention such as nature, culture, current trends and I also love ornate patterns. My main inspiration is from my clients. It is amazing how each person is different and each client always takes me to a different place and I absolutely love that! All Phatsima clients have a unique piece of jewellery which has their own personal touch.
2 YWE: What is a typical design process like at Phatsima, when designing engagement and wedding rings for a couple? Take us through the process, from the first correspondence with a couple to the finished custom piece
- The process begins with a phone call. I speak to the client about what they are looking for.
- · I then send them an email of different wedding ring designs for them to choose from and we schedule a meeting. Some clients already know what they want and there is no need to send them new designs.
- During the meeting we finalise the designs, the gem stones sizes and the quality they would like, ring sizing as well as the budget.
- I then send a quotation of their final ideal rings within 4 working days depending on how rare the diamond is. If the ring is a completely new concept I send sketches of the design with the quotation.
- Once the client is happy with their choice and the price I then require a 50% deposit to start the manufacturing process.
- Week 1 of the manufacturing process: Depending on the complexity of the design I send the client a 3D design of how the ring will look and I only proceed once given a go head from the client. The 3D design shows you exactly how the final product will look. We then print and manufacture the jewellery and order the required diamonds
- Week 2: The client is given an update of the manufacturing process
- Week 3: The client is given the day in which the jewellery piece will be ready and we prepare for collection.
- The balance is then settled before the rings are collected or delivered to the client.